I'm not too sure where you read that anyone is complaining about teaching students with special needs/higher needs... It appears to me that the poster is "feeling" for the teacher that has the majority of the special needs/higher needs students placed in his class every school year. He must be a great teacher but if this was you wouldn't you love to have a year where you will know that all of the special needs/higher needs students would be shared equally between all teacher? I work in a school where 100% of our students have been diagnosed with a severe behaviorial/emotional disability (many also have learning disabilities, autism, have been abused, are in foster care or involved in the system, cognitive delays etc..) and the teacher across the hall from me has a class that all of us are glad that we don't have. We are working at this school because we love teaching this population but it doesn't mean that any of us would switch classes with this other teacher. Some years it is nice to get a class that "clicks" early in the year but I think always having the class that you know will always be "rocking" will be very stressful (although rewarding once it's settled) after a couple of years. I get all of the students that do not fit any other special needs program in my district even though they do not fit into my class' description -- do I like it all of the time...no, but I learn a lot from working with these students and their families. Do I have days where I wish that I could explain an assignment and have my students follow the directions or call my students to line up and then have all of my students line up without monitoring for physical aggression...ummm...yes!